Extrapolation

Journal of scholarly study in science fiction and fantasy, featuring critical articles, reviews and bibliographies.

Articles from Vol. 60, No. 2, 2019

An Experience of the Present
An Experience of the Present. Jerome Winter. Science Fiction, New Space Opera, and Neoliberal Globalism: Nostalgia for Infinity. Cardiff: U of Wales P, 2016. 244 pp. ISBN 978-1-78-316944-3. $125 hc.Reviewed by Brent Ryan BellamyJerome Winter's densely...
Becoming a Child of the Future: Implied Reader and Narratee in Cordwainer Smith's Science Fiction
The "implied reader," a central concept in Reader Response and Reception theories of literature, is actually first discussed by Wayne Booth in his landmark The Rhetoric of Fiction, under the term "the postulated reader" (177), a reader who will fully...
Changing Worlds. Changing Ethics
Changing Worlds. Changing Ethics. Christian Baron, Peter Nicolai Halvorson, and Christine Cornea. Science Fiction, Ethics and the Human Condition. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2017. 246 pp. ISBN 978-3-31-956575-0. $119.99 hc.Reviewed...
Diverse Perspectives on Literature and the Posthuman
Diverse Perspectives on Literature and the Posthuman. Bruce Clarke and Manuela Rossini, editors. The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Posthuman. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2017. xxxiv + 231 pp. ISBN 978-1-10745061-5. $27.99 pbk.Reviewed by John...
Extrapolation at Sixty
We asked our editors and board of advisory editors to reflect upon the past, present, or future of the genre-AMBThe Brexit MonsterLucie ArmittWriting in the UK, at the end of the second decade of the twenty-first century, it seems to me that the speculative...
Femininjustice: Female Justice as Monstrous in Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia
IntroductionWhen psychologist, academic, and feminist William Moulton Marston created Wonder Woman in 1941, he had a very specific vision in mind. He wanted to offer an alternative to the brutal masculinity that he felt dominated a world at war. Because...
From the Launching Pad
I suspect I saw my first copy of Extrapolation thirty years ago. My university subscribed, along with Foundation and Science Fiction Studies, and I would dip into them as new issues appeared. If we were to go back thirty more years, to December 1959,...
Landscapes from a Science Fiction Dream
Landscapes from a Science Fiction Dream. John Timberlake. Landscapes and the Science Fiction Imaginary. Chicago: Intellect Ltd, 2018. 250 pp. ISBN 978-1-78-320860-9. $28 pbk.Reviewed by Jerome WinterSurprisingly, given the sheer amount of relevant material...
On Genomics and Identity
On Genomics and Identity. Everett Hamner. Editing the Soul: Science and Fiction in the Genome Age. University Park: Pennsylvania State UP, 2017. 264 pp. ISBN 978-0-27-107933-2. $27.95 pbk.Reviewed by Karina Vado"This book's driving impulse," writes Everett...
Politics of Oppression
Politics of Oppression. Sami Schalk. Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women's Speculative Fiction. Durham and London: Duke UP, 2018. 192 pp. ISBN 978-0-82-237088-0. $23.95 pbk.Reviewed by Anelise FarrisSpeculative fiction...
Some More Notes on the Culture
Some More Notes on the Culture. Paul Kincaid. Iain M. Banks. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2017. ix + 190 pp. ISBN 978-0-25-20825-04. $22 pbk.Reviewed by Rob LathamAs Paul Kincaid points out in his excellent single-author study, Iain M. Banks's "Culture"...
The Multiple Bodies of the Three-Body Problem
IntroductionIn his Santi trilogy1-comprising the novels The Three-Body Problem (2007, English 2014), The Dark Forest (2008, English 2015), and Death's End (2010, English 2016)-Cixin Liu, China's most significant writer of sf, describes the human world...
Transmedia: A Star Wars Story
Transmedia: A Star Wars Story. Sean Guynes and Dan Hassler-Forest, editors. Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling. Amsterdam: Amsterdam UP, 2018. 328 pp. ISBN 978-9-46-298621-3. $49.95 pbk.Reviewed by Robert YeatesThis wide-ranging collection,...
"Violations as Profound as Any Rape": Feminism and Sexed Violence in Stephen R. Donaldson
Long ago, she had done such things [as possession]: she knew now that they were violations as profound as any rape.-Donaldson, Against All Things Ending, p. 26IntroductionFew readers of Stephen R. Donaldson have missed how thoroughly sexual violence...
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